Vietnam reelects conservative Nguyễn Phú Trọng as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, a member of the Politburo, is expected to replace Nguyễn Tấn Dũng as prime minister. Dũng is not eligible for another term.
Chinese police shoot dead two ethnic Uighurs in Pingxiang, Guangxi while they attempt to cross into Vietnam after members of their group resisted arrest with knives. The public security ministry accuses a separatist group of orchestrating hundreds of cases of human smuggling.
Anti-Chinese protests in southern Vietnam about the People's Republic of China deploying an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea degenerate into the burning of up to 15 foreign-owned factories.
Vietnamese soldiers clash with thousands of Hmong Christians in Dien Bien Province demanding religious freedom and autonomy in the northwest of the country, in the worst ethnic unrest in Vietnam in years. The US-based Center for Public Policy Analysis claims that at least 28 protesters were killed and hundreds more were missing, while 3,000 protesters remained at the site, according to officials. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-asia-pacific-13284122 (BBC)] [https:--web.archive.org-web-20110716045537-http:--www.straitstimes.com-BreakingNews-SEAsia-Story-STIStory_665607.html (Straits Times)] [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-asia-235516-vietnam-troops-use-force-at-rare-hmong-protest ("Bangkok Post")]date=July 2019